I thought this was a spoof but it isn't:
The world's most expensive, and rarest, coffee is Kopi Luwak. It is made in neighboring Indonesia from coffee beans found in jungles.
And guess what, the only beans used are those that have been passed through native civet cats.
The price is a cool $1,000 (RM4000) a kilo.
As Wikipedia reports, "Civets are omnivorous, supplementing a meat diet (both hunted and scavenged) with fruit, eggs, and possibly roots. One of the Common Palm Civet's favorite fruits is the coffee "berry." The coffee bean within often survives, and it is sometimes gathered and sold as caphe cut chon (fox-dung coffee) in Vietnam or Kopi Luwak (civet coffee) in Indonesia."
Anyone for a cuppa? I thought Yuk but apparently the coffee connoisseurs in Oz are digging in happily. See here and here for news articles.
I wonder if Scoop and Au would like to eat a few beans? It might be a whole new cottage industry.
PS This image of the civet cat was originally called "Malaiischer Palmenroller, Paradoxurus hermaphroditus Schreb. 1/5 natürlicher Größe." It was created by Gustav Mützel and comes from Brehms Tierleben, Small Edition 1927. It's copyright is now expired so the image may be used by anyone.